Kirk Hiner

Kirk Hiner has been covering Apple products on the web since 1998. In between writing reviews and covering Apple product news, he has written the novel "Mowin' the Heavenly Lawn" and co-authored the play "Spoon Millionaires." Kirk currently lives in the Mogadore with his wife and three children, where he's always never finishing his next book, playing a lot of video games, and going on and on about Japanese rock bands, the Seattle Seahawks, and Flash Gordon.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is your great responsibility on iOS, Android

Okay, I know that quote is from the wrong Spider-Man series, but I haven’t seen the new one. I’m sorry. I’m just not that into superhero movies. But I am into superhero video games, and that’s why I want to make sure you know Gameloft has released The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the official game of the forthcoming movie.

iHome announces new Lightning and Bluetooth audio products

If you’ve got an iPhone or an iPad, you’ve got to charge it, right? A great way to do that each night is to dock it with a Lightning compatible clock radio, letting the device serve as both your alarm clock and charging station. iHome has two new products that’ll care of that for you. And if you’re just looking for some Bluetooth audio, they’ve got a new product there, too.

Life Goes On is live on Steam, but many knights are not

What’s gonna work? Teamwork! Even if some of the team members have to die. Most of them, in fact. But hey, for a select a few, Life Goes On, and the job gets done. Called “A comically morbid game about heroic knights, teamwork, and using dead bodies to solve puzzles,” Infinite Monkeys Entertainment’s Life Goes On is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam.

PureMove brings Dry+Flex technology to your iPhone armband

In my day, we didn’t have all these fitness wristbands you kids are running around with. Like our ancestors, we strapped our iPhones to our arms as we exercised and laid railroad tracks and built ships and whatnot. If that’s still your method, too, you’ll want to check out PureGear’s PureMove sports armband with Dry+Flex technology.

Temple Run 2 gets Easter Eggs…literally

Temple Run 2 (a game of which you may have heard) has been updated with some notable new features, the biggest of which has to be cloud support for iOS devices (Android/Windows will get their update next week). There’s also a new Save Me Wheel and some fun Easter artifacts.

Appidemic: TAPPD for iPhone, iPod touch

We met David Duncan, co-founder of TAPPD, at Macworld / iWorld 2014. In fact, we filmed an interview with him, then talked about “Australia’s Game” for a while. As fun as that looks, it’s not relevant here, so we’ll stick with TAPPD, your app to help you find good apps, from the sources you trust….because we know you can’t always trust us.

Monster High Ghouls and Jewels now haunts iOS

I know the names of too many Monster High characters. You kind of have to when you have a 10-year-old daughter…saves a lot of trouble come birthday and Christmastime. You kind of have to also deal with a lot of monster puns, as you’ll seen I quote the press release for Monster High Ghouls and Jewels.

The Son of Crawmerax Borderlands 2 DLC has been released

Truth be known, I didn’t know Crawmerax had a son. I didn’t even send a card, and now he’s all ready for his very own Borderlands 2 DLC. Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax is the 13th DLC for the widely popular Borderlands 2—part 5 of the Headhunter series—and is being released simultaneously with the PC version.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut now available for Mac

If you didn’t get Deus Ex: Human Revolution because you were waiting for the Ultimate Edition. Then didn’t get the Deus Ex: Human Revolution Ultimate Edition because you were waiting for the Director’s Cut, your patience has paid off. Feral Interactive has announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut is now available for Mac exclusively through Steam.

The 10 most insane Bluetooth speaker designs at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair

I’ve come across some absolutely marvelous Bluetooth speaker systems this week, both in design and functionality. Passing by the booths and sampling the audio, I’ve heard so much Asian pop music that old-school Avril Lavigne was actually a nice respite at one point. But I kept at it, because I never knew when another speaker set designed to look like a crimson aquatic mammal balancing a beach ball on its head was waiting at the end of the aisle.

Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is now fully operational

I grew up in Ohio. I live in Ohio once again. And if there’s one thing Ohioans can be proud of, it’s the fact that we’ve got the best roller coaster park in the world in Cedar Point. For everyone else, there’s Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Head into the woods with Hunten cases for iPhone and iPad

Hunten has some stunning wood cases for iPhone and iPad, all of which are made in their workshop. With 18 machines and a team of 25 designers, operators and support staff, they CNC mill each product, which is then hand sanded and filed to “perfect every detail.” And those details are impressive.